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Remember the cabbage loopers from a few weeks ago?

Now they are moths.

For little brown, boring moths they have some very fancy tufts on their back.

Those are clusters of hair-like scales. Quite the fancy 'do, don't you think?

Can you imagine how different the world must look going from tiny caterpillar eyes to big moth eyes? Those are an enormous number of physical changes in a short period of time.

It's that time of year to reflect, so I'm looking back on my favorite insect photographs of 2018.


Although it is hard to tell, this grasshopper nymph is tiny. It is hiding on a thistle plant.

Maybe it was the year for tiny insects. I also photographed a tiny praying mantis.

Many of the insects were caught feeding on the nectar of flowers, like this ant...


milkweed bug


colorful moth


and syrphid or flower fly.

This plant bug chose to sit on a matching flower.

Butterflies and caterpillars are always popular. This is the caterpillar for a queen butterfly.

Can you guess why this one is called an American snout butterfly?

I was surprised at the number of flies I had photographed this year, especially because I'm not all that fond of flies.

This one had a funny face (I won't make you look at any more.)

Thank you for visiting Growing With Science this year. Hope you have a wonderful 2019!

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Looking for salad greens in the garden, I noticed something on the radish leaves.

It is a cabbage looper caterpillar, Trichoplusia ni.

 

The caterpillar is a beautiful shade of green and almost translucent in the light.

Although it doesn't show as well at this resolution, the details of the head and true legs are amazing.

I found a new pupa nearby. It had been accidentally pulled from its silk cocoon.

Can you see the wing pads?

Instead of finding salad greens, I found other greens instead.